from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To leave desolate or alone, especially by death: "Cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved” ( Alan Paton).
- transitive v. Archaic To take (something valuable or necessary), typically by force.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To deprive by or as if by violence; rob; strip.
- v. To take away by destroying, impairing, or spoiling; take away by violence.
- v. To deprive of power; prevent.
- v. To take away someone or something important or close; deprive.
- v. To destroy life; cut off.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make destitute; to deprive; to strip; -- with of before the person or thing taken away.
- transitive v. To take away from.
- transitive v. To take away.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive by or as if by violence; rob; strip: with of before the thing taken away.
- [It is sometimes used without of, more especially in the passive, the subject of the verb being either the person deprived or the thing taken away.
- To take away by destroying, impairing, or spoiling; take away by violence.
- To deprive of power; prevent.
- To destroy life; cut off.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. deprive through death
Middle English bireven, to deprive, from Old English berēafian; see reup- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bereven, from Old English berēafian ("to bereave, deprive of, take away, seize, rob, despoil") and Old English berēofan ("to bereave, deprive, rob of"); both equivalent to be- + reave. Cognate with Dutch beroven ("to rob, deprive, bereave"), German berauben ("to deprive, rob, bereave"), Danish berove ("to deprive of"), Norwegian berove ("to deprive"), Swedish berova ("to rob"). (Wiktionary)